Please click here to see the announcement about WCSM qualifications made on 30 March 2019. Work-based assessment qualifications are designed to be built around in-house training as part of the employee’s day to day activities within a practice or manufacturing lab.
There is no formal training structure to these qualifications, and in order to achieve them, the learner must compile a portfolio of evidence to satisfy the assessor that they are competent in the unit.
This evidence can take a number of different forms, written, verbal, physical, witness testimony and even being watched by the assessor actually carryout the activity. The assessor will visit the practice at least three times to check progress and advice on the evidence that is being gathered. Once the portfolio is complete an external verifier will confirm if the qualification has been achieved.
There are no examinations with these qualifications, and they are an alternative to the formal training an examination qualification on offer. They mirror the content and are of the same level. There is no set start time, you can start at any time and generally take around 9 to 12 months to complete.
Apprenticeships are a form of work-based qualification.
WCSM work based qualifications (available only up to 30 October 2019)